The Spitfire at 75

Mar 6, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Second World War  //  No Comments

This weekend marked the 75th anniversary of the first Spitfire flight from Southampton. The city is considered the birthplace of the Spitfire as it was originally designed by its most famous son Reginald Jospeh Mitchell and the prototype was first flown from Southampton airport in 1936. Following its maiden flight over 22,500 Spitfires were built, most famously helping to win the Battle of Britain in 1940. Sadly Mitchell died in 1937 so he never lived to see Britains finest hour. Weather permitting the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be marking the occasion with a flight from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire on Monday 7 March. Last year I was lucky enough to interview the Officer Comanding the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Ian Smith for the Daily Telegraph.

Why Labour needs to get a grip on immigration

Mar 1, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Race relations  //  No Comments

There was an intersting article on multiculturalism in the Guardian today by David Miliband. He endorses a report by the Searchlight Educational Trust into race, multiculturalism and identity. In a letter to the paper I stated that he is not strictly correct when he says that the third of the population who class themselves as ambivalent on the issue of multiculturalism identify with Labour. A more accurate description would be used to identify with Labour as it was this group, predominantly the working class, that deserted the party in droves at the last election. READ MORE

Monbiot comes out fighting

Feb 18, 2011   //   by Nicholas Milton   //   Blog, Politics  //  No Comments

On Wednesday night I joined about a hundred people at Warwick Arts Centre for the opening night of “Gentleman” George Monbiot’s Left Hook tour.  I wrote the event up for the Guardian.  His central contention was that the Conservatives are opposed to big government simply because state spending means transferring money from the rich to the poor. To do this they have exploited the current economic crisis to undertake a massive programme of deregulation and the withdrawal of state funding. The key to achieving this? “Strike hard and fast in the first six to nine months before people wake up to what is happening.” This, he concluded, is exactly what we are now seeing in the UK with a programme of cuts much faster and deeper than the deficit demands.

Nicholas Milton

I am a marketing and communication expert with over 20 years experience. Over this time I have campaigned on issues I feel passionately about - conservation, climate change, racial equality, land reform, rural poverty and most recently international development. I am also a successful freelance journalist and have been published in the Guardian, Times, Daily Telegraph and the Independent.

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